As Co-Director of Redbrick Properties, my role is to oversee the running of the company, which I do with a certain amount of delegation, mixed in with a portion of guidance to our capable and committed staff. It would be very easy to just sit back and bark orders, and to be honest this isn’t really my thing, so I roll my sleeves up and get stuck in where my skills will allow me to do so effectively.
If our staff need support, I am there; and as I have built this business up from scratch, along with my Co-Director, Mark, there is nothing in this company that I do not know how to deal with, so you will regularly find me signing up tenants, paying contractors, or just making sure we are all constantly supplied with coffee and tea.
I''ve got Leeds Metropolitan University to thank for my arrival, as a fresh faced teenager, eager to commence my degree course in the early 1990s. Prior to this North Shields was where I lived out my childhood with my fantastic parents and my brother Carl.
North Shields is an old fishing port located at the mouth of the Tyne, around 7 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
University Life grounded me for the journey beyond. My first job was in banking which convinced me this was not the career path I wanted, sitting behind a desk all day number crunching!
I wanted a career which was rewarding in the sense that with the correct vision you can formulate your dreams, as long as you have a business plan and a dedicated business partner (Matt).
Over ten years in as Director of Redbrick, I''m as passionate as the first day when we picked up the keys for our first lease, a first floor office above our good friends, Castlehill Estate Agents.
The role of a director of a letting agent has changed drastically over this period. With more importance being put on marketing and various options for company advertising means a knowledge insight in social media is required. This is coupled with being an enthusiastic salesperson, with an astute legal mind set and at times an attentive mediator between landlord and tenant.
Bottom line this evolving business model is what drives me to grow the business, but at the same time looking after number one - the customer.
Outside of Redbrick my passions are playing footie, maybe driven by sheer will rather than skill these days. Also I would say an occasional runner in the sense of one marathon, two half marathon and a few trail races over the years.
I also enjoy listening to music of most genres, jazz being one of the exceptions but that pleasure may come when I''m in my 50s!
Live music especially is something I''ve gone out of the way to see, from Kraftwerk at Manchester''s Velodrome to The Foals at The Faversham, and even Underworld in Moscow! Best venue well has to be the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds.
Also worth a mention I follow Newcastle United, I''ll only mention my highlights to St James Park, 3-2 v Barcelona in The Champions League (1997- Tino hat trick) and a 5-2 victory against Leeds in opening day to the old Division Two (1989- Micky Quinn 4 goals!).
Home life is with my wife Sandra and our son's Hector & Ernie, in a Yorkshire stone property in the ever popular Horsforth area of Leeds, which is ideally set up for families and a gateway to the Dales. My area description sounds like one of Redbrick’s property descriptions!
Anyway back to business, I’ve enjoyed scribbling down my "description" on a Northern Line train to Hebden Bridge!
My role at Redbrick Properties is Maintenance Manager dealing with all maintenance from minor issues to full property refurbishment, whilst liaising with tenants, landlords and contractors.
My aim is to build a Maintenance Department that tenants and landlords alike are have 100% confidence in, whilst delivering quality work within guaranteed timescales.
I am straight forward, approachable and even though I say it myself, have really good sense of humour (ask my Director about the wolf''s head in the toilet).
I like a bargain and love my car boot sales nearly as much as my grandchildren.
My life is family and work, anything else that comes along is a bonus.
I''ve travelled, been to many faraway places and even then checked up on work from abroad. Sad, but this makes me tick and keeps me happy.
In my opinion, if you do what makes you happy and find a job you are still passionate about after 30 years, I must be doing something right. 30 years is a long time in an industry that can be thankless and frustrating at times, but it’s never dull. Roll on the next 30 years!
Starting as a 15 year old "Saturday Girl" in a small Sales and Lettings office in Huddersfield, I knew I was on the right path for my future career. Ever since the age of 15, I've been working within the property industry, enjoying every minute of it. I've been able to explore every avenue of lettings through a number of roles in different and varied companies: including large housing associations, medium size corporate companies and small office set ups.
Now, knowing I've well and truly found my calling, I'm excited to get started with Redbrick, growing with the company and looking forward to a new challenge. The future seems really exciting and Redbrick is an ideal place for me to flourish and enjoy many more years of my career in Lettings.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my 6 month old puppy, Boo, who I'm currently trying to teach all sorts of new tricks to - so keep an eye out for us on Crufts!
Please join us in welcoming Jess Simmons who has recently joined our award winning Redbrick Properties team, as a Lettings Administrator.
Jess is in her 3rd year of a Business Studies (Sandwich) Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Currently on course for a 2:1 after her second year she has decided to take a placement year working in industry.
She said: "Working at Redbrick Properties will help me to improve on my degree and make me more employable through picking up new skills and learning about the property industry. I've been inspired by my family's portfolio of houses and would really like to pursue a career working in property after university."
With previous experience working for Abode Rentals, Jess has brought across a wealth of knowledge and experience in the residential lettings industry. Already proving to be a highly motivated and efficient member of the team we are very excited for our clients to be working with Jess.